Fantasy Baseball Recap: David Price Back with a Bang!

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Friday night brought about a slightly larger than expected slate with the opening day postponements in Detroit and Cincinnati. Day 2 of the baseball season did not disappoint as we had some run fests and some classic pitcher duels. Here are the main fantasy takeaways from last night.

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1. David Price opens strong

There were a lot of question marks over Price coming into this season. How healthy was he? Was last years down year a result of injuries or ageing? Well his first outing of the year could not have gone better with seven innings of shutout ball in Tampa. The positives went even further with Price striking out five and walking none. It is only one outing against a very weak line-up but it is definitely an encouraging sign if you drafted Price this spring.

2. A down Turn-er in fortunes?

On the flip side Friday brought some bad news for Trea Turner owners as the Nationals decided to hit him 6th in the line-up. It was widely expected that Turner would hit in one of the top two spots of the Nationals line-up giving him that boost in plate appearance. Hitting 6th all year may actually increase Turner’s steals opportunities given the weaker part of the line-up being behind him but the loss of runs and maybe RBI is a big blow to fantasy owners who drafted him. I am not sure this will be a full season thing so if you have a particularly despondent Turner owner in your league then now might be the tome to strike.

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3. Good performances from lower end pitchers

I’m not going to sit here and tell you about Max Scherzer’s performance because his superb outing will not surprise anyone. However, there were some encouraging performances from Blake Snell, who did not walk anyone in his 5.1 innings outing, Doug Fister, who stifled a good Houston offence, Homer Bailey, who equally kept a good Nationals offence quiet, and Tyler Skaggs, who struck out five Athletics.

However, the two stand out performers for me were Sean Manaea, who recovered from an early home run to Mike Trout to go 7.2 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks, and Caleb Smith, who struck out eight Cubs in 5.1 innings. Manaea is a guy to add right now while Smith is a name to watch and see how he develops this season.

4. Humi-no??

Another day and another offensive explosion in Arizona suggesting that the humidor may have been over blown in the pre season. Two offensive performances early in the season does not mean the humidor will not have an effect and it could just be that we’ve seen some average pitchers get hit around. We’ve never seen Jon Gray be truly elite and we can’t be sure that last year wasn’t a fluke for Robbie Ray. Seeing Zack Greinke in Arizona May be a better indication of what we can expect from the humidor in Arizona.

5. Saves saves saves

Hunter Strickland got his second save to be confirmed as the Giants closer.

Both Brad Hand and Felipe Rivero blew save chances. I think both are secure in their roles but with the limited save chances they’ll see owners need them to be at their best when they do get a chance.

Corey Knebel had a much better outing last night striking out three to lock down the save.

The Arizona situation so far looks to be Bradley in the seventh, Hirano in the eighth and Boxberger getting the saves.

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